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Swollen painful glands in neck and near collar bone, difficult to swallow. Elevated RBC in reports. Causes ?

I have swollen painful glands in my neck and near my collar bone. My neck has been swollen for almost 3 months. so swollen that it sometimes makes swallowing painful and difficult. My dr thinks it is just viral however I can t imagine something viral lasting this long as I am normal healthy. I have had my blood and thyroid checked numerous times, with the result usually everything is fine except twice I came back with elevated red blood cells. Otherwise I am perfectly healthy. This is extremely unusually for me and painful. What other test or diagnosis should I consider? I need to find out what is causing this but don t know what to request.
Asked On : Sat, 9 Mar 2013
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Hi thanks for your question.
The swollen painful glands in your neck near collar bone most probably are inflamed cervical lymph nodes. Lymph nodes get enlarged and tender whenever there is infection in their vicinity. Throat is the are most commonly drained by cervical lymph nodes and most probably your having infection in throat. To determine the etiology of these nodes you need to get ultrasound neck done, this can be supplemented with FNAC of these lymph nodes to clinch the diagnosis. Further treatment depends upon Result of these two tests
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Answered: Sat, 27 Jul 2013
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